Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (11/28/11)

Here are five recommended reads for today (11/28/11)

  1. Business Green reports, “The Durban Climate Summit kicked off today with the chair of the conference invoking the leadership skills of Nelson Mandela in a bid to push countries towards an agreement on limiting global greenhousegas emissions.”
  2. NPR quotes President Obama: “Almost all the major economies have put forward legitimate targets, significant targets, ambitious targets…And I’m confident that America will fulfill the commitments that we have made, cutting our emissions in the range of 17 percent by 2020 and in the range of 80 percent by 2050, in line with final legislation.”
  3. According to ThinkProgress Green, “The Environmental Protection Agency under the Obama administration has increased efforts to regulate the coal industry, using tougher environmental standards under the Clean Water Act to rein in destructive coal practices like mountaintop removal.” Despite “outrage” that these regulations have cost the coal industry jobs, “coal employment this year rose to its highest level since 1996, according to data from the Mine Safety and Health Administration.”
  4. At Huffington Post Green, Columbia University Earth Institute Director Steven Cohen asks whether Andrew Cuomo can “meet the leadership challenge of hydrofracking policy?”
  5. Grist reports, “Feed-in tariffs are a comprehensive renewable energy policy responsible for 64 percent of the world’s wind power and almost 90 percent of the world’s solar power (see charts below). With simplified grid connections, long-term contracts, and attractive prices for development, that’s policy that works.”